Camino Frances | Day 19
Terradillos to Reliegos, 43 km
I skipped breakfast and headed out into the sweat countryside in a chilly, windy morning. Man, I was feeling like a fresh two-dollar bill after yesterday’s massage.
El Camino zigged zagged its way past solar panels, a cross to a fallen pilgrim and a cemetery just outside Moratinos. Caught a glimpse of the sunrise from a café’s window while enjoying breakfast. Gotta love those long shadows bouncing off the walls in town.
I ran into Lili for the very last time, and I said my goodbyes to the green lush wheat fields as the landscape is about to change in the coming days.
Finally reached the official midway point outside Sahagun. Once out of the train graveyard, I encountered two peculiar pilgrim statues on my way to El Arco de San Benito. Somehow, I feel like I’m following someone else’s’ path.
I had a choice to make at a fork on the road. Either play it safe or take the 24km Calzada Romana, you know what? I left to chance, let’s hope it doesn’t come to bite me in the ass.
A stamp at a bar with my second last name and a lomo pincho with a glass of OJ for lunch.
To my horror, I found all four albergues in El Burgo Ranero full, and it was only 2 pm. After a long, scorching 27km day, the next town was a leg crushing 13km stretch on the infamous treadmill. I crashed landed in a private albergue outside Reliegos on the longest day on the Camino clocking in at 40km. 2km shy of a marathon.
What a day.
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